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A christmas ballet class #01: Warm-up – Oh come all ye faithful

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As it’s christmas, I’m handing out carols for class, one a day, until Christmas day. Free for you to use in class, but don’t go selling them on street corners or anything.

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Don’t use this for class unless you’ve planned it. Like many carols, the phrasing of this one’s all over the place (8 8 8 | 8 8)  because you’ve got a three line verse, and a two line chorus, each line of which consists of two 4 bar phrases (‘Oh come let us adore him’).

Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, oh come ye, to Bethlehem
Come and behold him, born the King  of  angels

Oh come let us adore him, Oh come let us adore him
Oh come let us adore him, Christ the Lord  

So it would be pretty hopeless for pliés, because most pliés need 16 counts per position, and you always end up with half phrases if you try and do that to this song. But if you’ve got some exercise that could work with 5 sets of 8, done twice, this could be the piece for you. You could use it for a warm-up, maybe, or perhaps a révérence/port de bras at the end of class. I camped it up a bit at the end because I got bored. If you’re a pianist, you can probably throw this song out of your repertoire now, unless you have hymn-singing for the injured in class one day. 

Advent calendar 2014: A christmas carol ballet class

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It’s time for my advent calendar again. In a change from the usual verbiage I’m just going to upload a free downloadable christmas carol for ballet class every day until Christmas (there might be some verbiage along the way, too). They’re just off the cuff performances for off-the-cuff classes. Feel free to use them in your class.